Definition of Collateral

1. Noun. A security pledged for the repayment of a loan.

Generic synonyms: Security Interest
Specialized synonyms: Guarantee, Guaranty

2. Adjective. Descended from a common ancestor but through different lines. "An indirect descendant of the Stuarts"
Exact synonyms: Indirect
Also: Related
Antonyms: Lineal

3. Adjective. Serving to support or corroborate. "Collateral evidence"

4. Adjective. Accompany, concomitant. "Collateral target damage from a bombing run"
Similar to: Secondary

5. Adjective. Situated or running side by side. "Collateral ridges of mountains"
Similar to: Parallel

Definition of Collateral

1. a. Coming from, being on, or directed toward, the side; as, collateral pressure.

2. n. A collateral relative.

Definition of Collateral

1. Adjective. parallel, along the same vein, side by side. ¹

2. Adjective. Corresponding; accompanying, concomitant. ¹

3. Adjective. being aside from the main subject; tangential, subordinate, ancillary. ¹

4. Adjective. (''family'') of an indirect ancestral relationship, as opposed to lineal descendency. ¹

5. Adjective. relating to a collateral in the sense of an obligation or security ¹

6. Adjective. expensive to the extent of being paid through a loan ¹

7. Noun. A security or guarantee (usually an asset) pledged for the repayment of a loan if one cannot procure enough funds to repay. (Originally supplied as "accompanying" security.) ¹

8. Noun. (rare) A collateral (not linear) family member. ¹

9. Noun. A branch of a bodily part or system of organs ¹

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Definition of Collateral

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Medical Definition of Collateral

1. Situated side by side, adjacent and on the same radius of an axis. (09 Oct 1997)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Collateral

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collateral circulation
collateral damage
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collateral eminence
collateral energy
collateral estoppel
collateral fissure
collateral form
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collateral fraud
collateral inheritance
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Literary usage of Collateral

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Financial Policy of Corporations by Arthur Stone Dewing (1920)
"collateral trust bonds, on the contrary, invariably run for some years, frequently for long periods,53 and the value of the collateral may diminish greatly ..."

2. Commentaries on the Laws of England by William Blackstone, William Carey Jones (1915)
"(i) Lineal and collateral warranties.—Lineal warranty was where the heir derived or might by possibility have derived, his title to the land warranted, ..."

3. Commentaries on American Law by James Kent, Charles M. Barnes (1884)
"(c) Louisiana is here, also, an exception to the general rule in this country ; and representation applies, in the collateral line, to brothers and sisters, ..."

4. The Works of Jeremy Bentham by Jeremy Bentham, John Bowring (1843)
"By collateral employments at large, understand such as are so with reference to, ... By collateral employments for military men, understand any such ..."

5. The First Part of the Institutes of the Laws of England, Or, A Commentary Edward Coke, Thomas Littleton, Francis Hargrave, Charles Butler, Matthew Hale, Heneage Finch Nottingham by Edward Coke, Thomas Littleton, Francis Hargrave, Charles Butler, Matthew Hale, Heneage Finch Nottingham (1832)
"his doctrine of warranties had been more clear and satis- " factory than now it is, being intricated under the terms of lineal and " collateral; for that in ..."

6. A Treatise on the Law of Bills of Exchange, Promissory Notes, Bank-notes and by John Barnard Byles, Maurice Barnard Byles, Walter John Barnard Byles (1899)
"collateral security. It is now decided, both at law .and in equity, that whether a debtor be released by bankruptcy, liquidation, or involuntary composition ..."

7. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1855)
"A Dictionary of Medical Terminology, Dental Surgery, and the collateral Sciences. ... he omitted many of the terms" belonging to medicine and the collateral ..."

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